The first breastfeeding monitor in the world. Designed and developed in Arkit, the monitor measures how much a baby feeds in each breastfeeding without contact with the baby.
Addressing A Real Issue
The product development began when two scientists from the Weizmann science institute developed a unique technology. Through broadcast of gentle radio waves via electrodes, they built an algorithm that provides information about the amount of milk the baby consumed. The Israeli company Bfree acquired the technology in order to design the first breastfeeding monitor. Bfree has innovation as a leading value, while the ultimate goal is to accompany families’ incredible process of raising babies and provide them the tools to make it easier on young and inexperienced parents.
How Much Has He Eaten?
This question bothers many mothers who decide to breastfeed. While there is nothing more natural than breastfeeding, mothers do not know how much milk the baby breastfed and worry that he might have not eaten enough. An innovative technology, based on electrodes, enables the measurement of electrical changes in the breast before and after breastfeeding. The mother measures her milk quantity for 10 seconds, and receives a quantitative result in ml. The breastfeeding process becomes calm and safe for mothers.
Ergonomics is a science that deals with user-system interaction. It entails designing technological systems that implement theory, principles, and the information collected in the field in order to increase the user’s individual comfort, maintain health, and increase system productivity. There are 3 main user product interfaces: grip, breast matching, and vision.
Grip: creating a product that will only require one hand to grip and use. Comfortable for either right or left hand use while holding the baby in the opposite hand.
Breast accommodation: since there are differences in the structure of every woman’s body, it was necessary to adjust the curve so that it will suit a wide range of women and will allow full contact of the electrodes in the nursing breast.
Sight: at the time of the measurement, the mother should be watching the screen to receive data, so it is necessary to fit the screen to the right angle.
Engineering And Development
We have dealt with various engineering challenges along the design process. The main challenge was to enable optimal testing through the electrodes- when placing on the skin, the electrodes must be moist, therefore we chose stainless steel fibrous electrodes that can receive and absorb liquids. We planned a sponge system that provides the permanent wetting, enabling safe use and accurate results. Due to different structures of breasts, we utilized a spring mechanism that absorbs pressures of varying intensity. We designed electronic cards and adjusted a segment screen.
Design For Manufacturing
At the end of the development process we carried out detailed design for manufacturing and proceeded to locate suitable manufacturers and factories. We have set up a controlled and stable production line. The product has been validated and is now sold successfully throughout the world.
Complementary to an ergonomic research process and based on the conclusions we drew, we examined various forms by foam models that allowed a perfect match for the body. The models were tested on 50 different users by the Bfree Company. Based on these assessments, we concluded which model provided the optimal product shape. In the next stage, we developed a formal design language for the product using manual and computerized sketches. The product should adapt for use in various environments, align with the design language of Bfree and induce a safe and calm feeling for the user. We transformed the sketches into a three-dimensional object file which was then passed between the engineering department and the design department to give it the appropriate features and details.
Milksense is an innovative product and is now sold successfully throughout the world.